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Increases in support structures for healthy eating especially in low decile schools in New Zealand.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23216495     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To compare two surveys conducted in 2007 and 2009, of the food and nutrition environment in New Zealand primary schools.
METHODS: A sample of primary schools was asked about foods and beverages provided or sold to students or used for fundraising, and nutrition-related policies and procedures. Comparisons were made between school decile groups and between years.
RESULTS: Of primary schools selling food or beverages, 34% sold 'everyday' items once or more a day (39% in 2007) and 25% sold 'occasional' items once or more a day (36% in 2007). Two-thirds of schools sold food or beverages for fundraising, generally once a term or less. About half the schools had written policies about food (increased from 2007).
CONCLUSION: There have been some improvements in the food and nutrition environment, with primary schools from lower deciles more likely to be making changes.
IMPLICATIONS: The reduction in funding for nutrition-related programs in primary schools may hinder the sustainability of the changes seen, especially in low decile schools.
Megan Pledger; Janet McDonald; Jacqueline Cumming
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2012-11-08
Journal Detail:
Title:  Australian and New Zealand journal of public health     Volume:  36     ISSN:  1753-6405     ISO Abbreviation:  Aust N Z J Public Health     Publication Date:  2012 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-12-10     Completed Date:  2013-05-23     Revised Date:  2014-07-31    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9611095     Medline TA:  Aust N Z J Public Health     Country:  Australia    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  543-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
© 2012 The Authors. ANZJPH © 2012 Public Health Association of Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Food Dispensers, Automatic / statistics & numerical data
Food Services / organization & administration,  statistics & numerical data,  trends*
Fund Raising
Health Promotion / methods*
New Zealand
Nutrition Policy*
Nutritive Value

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